Daily Press Briefing: Secretary-General/Gaza and Israel, Middle East/Humanitarian, Secretary-General’s Travels, Senior Personnel Appointment, Myanmar, Rohingya, COVAX, India/COVID-19, International Days

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14-May-2021 00:30:44
Briefing by Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to immediately cease the fighting in Gaza and Israel.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports from Gaza that given limited fuel reserves in Gaza, there are now daily rolling electrical power cuts of 8-12 hours per day.

The Secretary-General has just concluded his visit to Moscow.

The Secretary-General has appointed Martin Griffiths of the United Kingdom as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

From Myanmar, the UN team on the ground said that, more than 100 days on from the military takeover of the Government, it remains very concerned over the military’s restrictive policies and practices towards media outlets.

Next Tuesday, May 18th, the 2021 Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis will be launched, hosted by the Government of Bangladesh, together with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Bosnia and Herzegovina received this week three additional shipments of COVAX-backed Pfizer vaccines, which amounts to a little over 150,000 doses. Georgia also received a second shipment of more than 43,000 vaccines, about half of the total expected through the COVAX. And in Egypt, the COVAX facility delivered an additional 1.7 million doses of the vaccine yesterday, in addition to the over 850,000 received in March. Costa Rica received yesterday its second batch of COVAX-backed vaccines, which was nearly 90,000 doses.

In India, the UN team there continues to provide equipment and supplies for the response to the COVID-pandemic. This includes 72 oxygen generating plants; 13,000 oxygen concentrators; and 400,000 COVID-19 testing kits and 85 testing machines installed in labs across the country.

Tomorrow is International Day of Families, and the theme this year is “Families and New Technologies”.
Sunday is International Day of Living Together in Peace.

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